The World According to Monsieur Khiar

After ten years of working in war zones as a documentary photographer for The New York Times and Vanity Fair, Dutchman Jeroen Robert Kramer decides to start a new life as an artist in Lebanon. In his hometown Beirut he meets Monsieur Khiar, an elderly gentleman in whom he recognizes a better version of himself. “Khiar is the hero I could never be”, Kramer states:  “he is the most impressive person I’ve ever met in my life”. Their walks through the old neighborhoods of Beirut, their talks about art, literature and the beauty of small things become a source of inspiration for Kramer. Instead of focusing on the spectacular, and feeling shame and remorse about photographing people in the worst moments of their lives, Kramer attempts to tell an everyday story. A story which can help him to transform the scars of his past into a work of art. As Monsieur Khiar refuses to be photographed Kramers fascination turns into an obsession.

The film premiered during IDFA 2015, selected for the IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary IDFA 2015 .

The World According to Monsieur Khiar is a coproduction by Memphis Film & Television and the NTR. The film is realized with the support of Mediafonds, VSB Fonds and the Stichting Democratie en Media.

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Director

Sjors Swierstra

 

DOP

Erik van Empel

 

Sound

Mark Wessner

 

Editor

Menno Boerema

 

Coach

Heddy Honigmann

 

Advice

Godelieve Eijsink

 

Executive producer

Cécile van Eijk

 

Production manager Beirut

Leena Saidi

 

Production

Mathijs Jorritsma

Production Assistant

Veerle Luijten

Sterre Schout

Tim van Velzen

 

Original score

Wouter van Bemmel

 

Sound design& Mixage

Mark Glynne

 

Sound editor

Antony Gray

 

Assistant sound design

Selle Sellink

 

Mixing Theater

Cinemeta

 

Grading

Laurent Fluttert

 

Online & post production

Het Raam Digital Cinema

 

Subtitling

Ultramar

 

Poster design & titles

Joost Hiensch | ShoSho

 

Publicity text

Koen Machielse

 

Broadcast

NTR

 

Production coordinator NTR

Astrid Prickaerts

Joachim Trommel

 

Junior commissioning editor NTR

Marloes Blokker

 

Commissioning editor NTR

Oscar van der Kroon

 

Producer

Cécile van Eijk

Sherman De Jesus

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